im not sure if it is going to be good, or a load of shite...This provocative drama looks at the war in Iraq through the eyes of two men experiencing combat for the first time. Gerard Kearns (shameless) and Matthew McNulty (see no evil) play raw recruits Mark Tate and Shane Gulliver, whose first tour of Iraq ends with them facing charges of torturing prisoners.
As they the join peacekeeping forces, they are told, 'freedom starts with respect'. But the brutal reality of life in Basra tells a very different story.
Despite pressuring to dish out instant 'justice' to a Kuwaiti petrol smuggler, Shane confides in his pal: 'smacking someone when they have their hands behind their backs isnât neutralising opposition forces it's being a nasty piece of work'.
But he changes his tune after seeing their commanding officer's death: 'theyâre insurgents, they're f***ing terrorist - we're at war with these b**tards', he screams.
as the violence intensifies, officers who implicitly ordered them to beat detainees close ranks, leaving young soldiers to take the rap. And before the credits roll, we are informed the film was 'inspired by real-life events'.
Its a chilling thought.
could it be another 'Ultimate force'?